The August fundraiser was a great success!
Thanks to all who attended to help us protect
DUMP is appealing a wrongful ruling by the
Agency of Natural Resources!
The ANR has ruled that the polluted discharge from a drain under the landfill does not need a permit required by the Clean Water Act. We disagree, and so do the Conservation Law Foundation and the Vermont Natural Resources Council as they have joined DUMP in this appeal. From their joint press release:
“The State’s irresponsible decision not to require a Clean Water Act permit blows a hole through the law’s core protections and leaves Vermonters exposed to pollutants. The court should reverse the state’s decision and require a permit with effective pollution control limits.”
Mason Overstreet, CLF Attorney
“DUMP has correctly identified that there is a harmful discharge that is polluting Vermont waters with PFAS chemicals that must be addressed under the Clean Water Act,”Jon Groveman, VNRC Policy and Water Program Director
This is one of several efforts made by DUMP to protect Lake Memphremagog. We are working hard to stop any current polluted discharge, and to prevent any future polluted discharges from this landfill from flowing into the watershed. We are a small group, and as our member Ed Stanak stated in a recent VTDigger article:
“It’s very much welcome assistance. DUMP is the epitome of a grassroots organization,” he said. “(It’s) mostly folks up in the Northeast Kingdom trying to do it themselves, and struggling to have the regulatory system in Vermont respond to a host of issues associated with the industrial land use up there.”Ed Stanak, DUMP Member
Click the image below to view coverage by WCAX.
Join us in the fight to protect Lake Memphremagog! If you are able, please donate to our cause. Thank you.
Protect Lake Memphremagog! End this environmental injustice.
It is an environmental injustice to truck almost all of Vermont’s waste to the Northeast Kingdom, which generates only 7% of the waste disposed of in the Coventry Landfill. 20% of the waste disposed comes from out of state – mainly Massachusetts. Meanwhile, the groundwater in the Memphremagog watershed is being contaminated. The State of Vermont needs a Solid Waste Plan that does not dump all its trash (and imported waste) in the Northeast Kingdom!
A literal mountain of trash overlooks a beautiful lake.
Through our research, monitoring of water quality reports and published testing, testimony to legislators, and our own petitions for improved regulatory and testing policies, we focus on keeping our water clean and healthy for all Vermonters and Canadians into the future..
By holding scheduled meetings for stakeholders and the public, participating in press conferences, writing public comments and media articles, we are working hard to inform and engage the public.
Collaboration is a key to accomplishing our goal. Working together with other environmental groups in the US and Canada raises our combined knowledge, and provides a strong platform to make the biggest impact.
Please join our team of vermont and Canadian citizens in the fight to restore and protect Lake Memphremagog!
Join Us on Facebook – with over 200 members in our Facebook group, we have many opportunities to collaborate, locally and internationally!
(Header photo by Jeff Gerade, 2018)